Don't cancel our unemployment benefits!

Don't cancel our unemployment benefits!

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At least 23 states have announced plans to eliminate the $300 a week subsidy in federal unemployment benefits that was extended under the American Rescue Plan. Federally the subsidy was set to end on September 6 this year, but starting soon some states are refusing to distribute it. Benefits were barley enough and the dreadfully low federal minimum wage hasn't been raised in over a decade!

What is needed is urgent action, an organized campaign in the affected states and nationally to fight this attack on the unemployed!

The ridiculous argument behind taking away this needed assistance is that there is a "labor shortage" and that “people need to be incentivized to return to work”. However a huge number of people don't have access to childcare and cannot return (overwhelmingly hurting women in particular). Many others cannot risk being exposed to COVID, as the majority of the population is not yet vaccinated. There is not a labor shortage, there is a major job shortage! And more than anything, the issue has to do with the abysmally low wages in these states.

We demand that all the states who have announced cancelling our benefits reverse the decision immediately!

Here is a list of the the dates each state is set to end the benefits and their current minimum wage:

  • Alabama, June 19 - $7.25
  • Alaska, June 12 - $10.34
  • Arizona - July 10 - $12.00
  • Arkansas - June 26 - $11.00
  • Florida - June 26 - $8.65
  • Georgia - June 26 - $7.25
  • Idaho - June 19 - $7.25
  • Indiana - June 19 - $7.25
  • Iowa - June 12 - $7.25
  • Maryland - July 3 - $11.75
  • Mississippi - June 12 - $7.25
  • Missouri - June 12 - $10.30
  • Montana - June 27 - $8.75
  • North Dakota - June 19 - $7.25
  • Ohio - June 26 - $8.80
  • Oklahoma - June 26 - $7.25
  • South Carolina - End of June - $7.25
  • South Dakota - June 19 - $9.45
  • Tennessee - July 3 - $7.25
  • Texas - June 26 - $7.25
  • Utah - June 26 - $7.25
  • West Virginia - June 19 - $8.75
  • Wyoming - June 19 - $7.25
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